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Rudi Garcia: "Lens must be taken very seriously"

Published on 04 January 2021 at 2:03 PM
Rudi Garcia : « Lens est à prendre très au sérieux »
OL coach Rudi Garcia held his first press conference of the year two days before a visit from Lens in Ligue 1 Uber Eats.

Medical update

"Moussa Dembélé is not available because of his arm. Marcelo is suspended. Bruno Guimaraes tested positive. Karl Toko Ekambi will also be absent."

 

Coming back from the break

“It feels good to take a break -- the teams needed it. To protect the players, it's good to take a break. Players need a week to recharge their batteries. Without the Coupe de France, this was the case. I see my players are doing very well. We did five training sessions in a row. They are very fit, happy to get back to work. They are working well. We take great pleasure in working with this team."

 

Being the league leader

“This is the first time we've been in this role. I prefer to be chased because that means you're in front of everyone. I hope that will make the players want to keep this place even more. We will have to get a better result than Lille."

 

The match against Lens

“It will be a tough game to win. We took a good look at Lens. This team deserves its ranking. They have a very specific system. There is talent like Kakuta. It will take all our determination to win. We want to get off on the right foot. They are a well-organized team, which respects its system well. They have strengths. This is a team to be taken very seriously. They are not in the top half of the table by chance. It's up to us to be at 100%. It will be important to beat them. They have already shown that they can perform well against good teams... We will have to replace Karl who will not be there. There are a lot of solutions like having Rayan Cherki play or moving forward players like Houssem Aouar or Maxwel Cornet."

 

The winter window

"We approach it serenely. We're all on the same page at the club. We all want to keep the squad whole. Those who are really not involved in the squad like Camilo, Ozkaçar, it would be good to have them get playing time elsewhere. Otherwise, it's good to keep this squad because it works well. Jean Lucas should be loaned out. He has to find a team that believes in him and allows him to play. In France would be good but a very good club in Europe would be good too. Juninho is working on this matter. I am quite confident about this transfer window."

 

Memphis

“I don't think we're losing him. I am quite calm. There are contracts so there is no particular concern."

 

The change of manager at PSG

“We know they're the big favorite in the league. The only difference is the ranking. This is a team built to win the Champions League. Thomas Tuchel is an excellent coach, he did very good things. Pochettino has done great things with Tottenham, but these are the concerns of Paris. We are OL, we must take care of ourselves. The rest is none of our business."

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